After three days of deliberations, a New York City judge declares a mistrial in the case of Keith Phoenix, the second defendant charged in the vicious beating death of an Ecuadorean immigrant mistakenly believed to be gay.
Earlier today the jury asked for more clarification on the December 2008 aluminum baseball bat attack over the head of Jose Sucuzhañay. reports NY1.
"Jurors asked ... the definition of committing something 'in concert,' if prosecutors have to prove "intent,' and for read-backs of testimony from two witnesses. In addition, the jury asked to review Phoenix's taped confession." another clarification on the definition of committing something 'in concert,' if prosecutors have to prove "intent," and for read-backs of testimony from two witnesses. In addition, the jury asked to review Phoenix's taped confession."
The first verdict was returned Thursday. Despite numerous witnesses hearing both men use anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs during the beating, co-defendant Hakim Scott was acquitted of murder and hate crime charges and convicted of manslaughter and assault. Scott will be sentenced June 9 and faces up to 40 years.
Two juries have been hearing the case because the defendants implicated each other. Phoenix's jury began deliberations late Thursday.
Rod 2.0 reported over the weekend that Brooklyn Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez says she will investigate if there are grounds for federal charges of civil rights violations. The Democratic lawmaker says, if needed, she will call Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute.
Question to the holdout: What part of the "videotaped confession" and "numerous witnesses" to the beating-over-the-head-with-a-baseball-bat-while-saying "faggot" .... did you not understand"?
Rod 2.0's complete coverage HERE.
Thanks NATHAN JAMES!